From the Estate of the Late Neil Burns,1955 Bristol 403 Saloon  Chassis no. 403/1/969 Engine no. 100AB2/3277

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From the Estate of the Late Neil Burns, 1955 Bristol 403 Saloon
Chassis no. 403/1/969 Engine no. 100AB2/3277

AU$ 50,000 - 80,000
US$ 36,000 - 58,000
From the Estate of the Late Neil Burns
1955 Bristol 403 Saloon
Chassis no. 403/1/969
Engine no. 100AB2/3277
With the introduction of the 401 - the first of its exquisitely styled aerodynes - Bristol began to move away from the pre-war design the company had inherited from BMW. Carrozzeria Touring provided the Superleggera method of body construction that overlaid alloy panels on a lightweight tubular-steel framework. The 401 continued to use its predecessor's running gear and BMW-based, 2.0-litre, six-cylinder engine with its ingeniously arranged, pushrod-operated, inclined valves. The gearbox remained a manual four-speed unit with first-gear freewheel. With the introduction of the 403 in 1953, Bristol improved on what was already an exemplary Grand Tourer, the newcomer's apparently unchanged appearance disguising a number of important changes. The engine remained a 2.0-litre six of basically BMW design but the alloy cylinder head was new and helped liberate 100bhp, up from 85. The increase in straight-line performance (top speed was now in excess of 100mph) was matched by improvements to the running gear in the form of a front anti-roll bar and finned light-alloy brake drums.

As a lifelong Bristol enthusiast, Neil Burns owned and cherished several examples of the Filton marque, including this 403. Part of the Burns family for more than four decades, the car spent many years off the road following an accident and was eventually subjected to a comprehensive restoration back to original specification, with no expense spared in returning the Bristol to its former glory. Since then the car has mellowed nicely, with a lovely patina and is in delightful condition today.
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From the Estate of the Late Neil Burns,1955 Bristol 403 Saloon  Chassis no. 403/1/969 Engine no. 100AB2/3277
From the Estate of the Late Neil Burns,1955 Bristol 403 Saloon  Chassis no. 403/1/969 Engine no. 100AB2/3277
From the Estate of the Late Neil Burns,1955 Bristol 403 Saloon  Chassis no. 403/1/969 Engine no. 100AB2/3277
From the Estate of the Late Neil Burns,1955 Bristol 403 Saloon  Chassis no. 403/1/969 Engine no. 100AB2/3277
From the Estate of the Late Neil Burns,1955 Bristol 403 Saloon  Chassis no. 403/1/969 Engine no. 100AB2/3277
From the Estate of the Late Neil Burns,1955 Bristol 403 Saloon  Chassis no. 403/1/969 Engine no. 100AB2/3277
From the Estate of the Late Neil Burns,1955 Bristol 403 Saloon  Chassis no. 403/1/969 Engine no. 100AB2/3277
From the Estate of the Late Neil Burns,1955 Bristol 403 Saloon  Chassis no. 403/1/969 Engine no. 100AB2/3277
From the Estate of the Late Neil Burns,1955 Bristol 403 Saloon  Chassis no. 403/1/969 Engine no. 100AB2/3277
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